Sunday, March 10, 2013

Recipe: Hainanese Chicken Rice

I was studying for my mid term but my mind just couldn't concentrate so I started planning my dinner menu. Wells, I would so rather by cracking my brain over what's for dinner than those alien notes. :/ 

Anyhow, Hainanese chicken rice somehow jumped into my mind so let's do it! 

I made a quick google and sent the maid out to get me the ingredients. Yes, talk about efficiency. 

1 chicken - neck, head and feet discarded.  
1.5 bulbs garlic, separated to cloves and slightly bruised with mortar and pestle to release flavour. 
10 slices ginger. 
3 stalks spring onions, cut to 5 cm lengths

1. Wash and clean the chicken before rubbing salt all over. Stuff chicken cavity with garlic cloves (about 1 bulb worth) , 5 slices ginger and half of the spring onions.
2. In a deep and wide steaming dish (chicken broth will be collected at the end of cooking), line the bottom of dish with the remaining garlic, ginger and spring onions. Place the chicken on top.
3. Steam in a covered steamer over high heat for about an hour. Watch the water inside the steamer, and add more water in the steamer dish if the water evaporates. To test if the chicken is cooked, insert a fork in the thigh area: If clear liquid (no blood) runs out, the chicken is cooked.
4. Reserve the chicken broth collected in the steaming dish for cooking chicken rice and the sauces.
5. Remove cooked chicken and plunge it into prepared cold water at once for 10 minutes.
6. Drain the chicken, discard ginger, garlic cloves and spring onions from the cavity. Set it aside to cool before chopping it neatly into desired serving size.


- 2 cups rice, washed and rinsed

- broth from cooking the chicken 
- 5 cloves garlic, slightly bruised
- 5 slices ginger
- 2 pandan leaves, tied in a knot


1. Cook rice in rice cooker using the above ingredients.
* For the quantity of broth to add, use the usual amount of water as you would to cook plain rice. 


And dinner is ready for serving! 
It really isn't so difficult right? :) 

Brother digging happily into his dinner. :)

So verdict? The family was full of praises for the attempt and nothing beats the acknowledgement from the ones you love.  

**recipe adapted from noobcook with some modification. 

I'm submitting this entry to Aspiring Bakers #28: Chicken Feast (February 2013) hosted by SSB of Small Small Baker.

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